A car boot sale may not be up there on the list of things we’ve missed during lockdown, but if more were riddled with a load of designer goods that had been donated by industry veterans, then post-lockdown we’d be there in a jiffy. 

Pioneering the car boot sales we’ve always favoured, Alex Eagle – creative director of The Studio X and Alex Eagle Studio – has been hosting fashion’s answer to the traditional table-top sales event for the past five years, with all the sales going to Women for Women International.I came up with the concept sitting around my dining table at home with many of the committee members we still have today,” shares Alex. “The idea was to create an event that felt super luxury and coveted but with the accessibility and fun of a traditional car boot sale. We wanted to offer our guests access to the wardrobes of London’s top tastemakers and most sought after brands and designers without the exclusivity of a high price ticket.” But without a pandemic in sight when initially preparing for their next car boot, the team have had to quickly adapt to the lockdown reality as quickly as the nation did.

On 16th May, the Women for Women Car Boot Sale will still go ahead, albeit digitally. Fashion stylists, designers, editors, influencers and coveted brands have come together as a community to delve into their wardrobes and collections by cherry-picking their favourite items to donate. But, much like our social interactions and buying habits, the car boot sale will be virtual, meaning you can browse through the adornments of habiliments and donate to charity, within the comforts of your couch. “We have an amazing committee of women who are all dedicated to the cause of making this event work and we quickly pooled together to rethink a strategy,” shared Alex. “What at first seemed like a huge challenge has in fact opened up new possibilities and potential for the event, so we are all feeling super positive and excited about the new concept.” While the cancellation of the IRL event may seem like a negative, Alex is looking at the situation with a more positive point of view. “We are excited we can get to a more global audience as this idea of circular fashion is the future. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect people and share this idea of selling pre-loved clothes for another life, to support the women who need it the most.”

And the clothes? Expect one-off designer items from Alice Temperley, Jimmy Choo and Rosetta Getty, donated by the likes of Poppy Delevigne, Sarah Harris and Jessie Ware (to name a few) meaning there’s bound to be beautiful time-keeps that’ll fit snugly within your wardrobe. All funds raised go directly to Women for Women International who are helping women survivors of conflict and their families; many of whom are on the very front lines of the COVID-19 response – so get shopping and support other women whilst treating yourself!

The sale starts at 11am, on 16th May on the @womenforwomenuk Instagram account. Visit womenforwomen.org.uk/virtualcarbootsale to sign up for exclusive product previews and a first-look at the full catalogue of items ahead of the launch.

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